The weather in Baltimore and DC in the Winter can be dreary. I have several go-to spots for both dreary wet days and cold sunny days designed to maintain sanity. Here are some of my favorite places.
I love walking Georgetown as long as it’s not raining. Ducking into Martin’s Tavern for a lamb shepherd’s pie will warm up the soul as well as the body. This fourth generation restaurant is a must for good food, history, and drink.
Not far from Martin’s Tavern is the Anderson House. It’s free and worth more than one visit.
Check out the Mansion on O Street for a tour of the most interesting mansion in DC. It’s a cross between rock and roll hall of fame and a Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Have fun getting lost as you pass through secret doors and fun filled rooms of memorabilia, most of which is for sale.
Back in the Baltimore area I love to walk the Inner Harbor. Even in winter on a sunny day this is a great place to get in a good walk. The Historic Ships of Baltimore include the Taney, Torsk, Constellation, Chesapeake, and oddly enough- the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. The ships require a fee to get in but not the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. Who doesn’t love a good lighthouse? Open only Friday and Saturday Jan-Feb. form 10 am-4:30 pm climb on up and enjoy the view.
One of my go-to restaurants in the Inner Harbor/East Harbor area is Lebanese Taverna. This authentic haven of Lebanese food is reasonably priced and the basket of pita bread is wonderful dipped in the olive oil and herbs. Try the platters, the traditional platter is my favorite as it’s a vegetarian delight. I also like the platter with lamb.
On football game day the row of bars and eateries on Thames Street is a winner. My favorite on this colorful row of Baltimore history is Thames Street Oyster House. Their soups and appetizers are excellent, and if you plan on going for dinner try the 5 pound stuffed lobster! The 5 pound lobster must be ordered a day or more ahead.
So don’t let Baltimore and DC in the Winter get you down and homebound. Get out and embrace chilly weather. There’s so much to see and do, and the food is your reward for braving the cold.